To be blunt, we need the money right now (to pay for ROSE and to pay for the newest 3D Printer). Once there are sufficient funds to cover those things, the sales will taper way down. But they will never go completely away.
This is our 5th 3D printer (in our history). Time has been flying, because we have been experimenting with this technology since around 2009 (about 10 years), and it doesn’t seem that long to me. We’ve also been through 7 different 3D scanners during that time (and tested many more).
The technology in 2009 wasn’t good enough. I remember working with a company in Atlanta back then that claimed they had a scanner setup that would work for us. It was about $160,000 to buy. I told them we would fly a baby out to them and they could scan a baby for us and give us the data. If the data was good enough, we would buy their scanner.
We flew my daughter Averie, and her baby Kenzie, and had Kenzie scanned. The data was too low of resolution, and didn’t work for us.
Our first “Realborn” release was with early technology, but newer than 2009 technology (I think around 2014 or so). We released our first “Realborn” early just so that we could prove that it was being used in Commerce (for Trademark purposes, and also Patent purposes). We quickly discontinued that first release, and usually never mention it. We hoped it will be forgotten, because it wasn’t up to our standards. Does anybody know which kit I am talking about? It was discontinued many years ago.
The quality Realborns didn’t become a reality until around 2015 or so. And we’ve gotten better since then.
Over our history, we’ve spent way over a million dollars pursuing this technology. There’s a lot more involved to do it than most people can even guess.
And yes, it still takes an artist. Or two. Or three.